What Is Single Dose Skincare? These Capsules Can Help Make Your Routine More Powerful

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Skincare can be really complicated. Increasingly, we are bombarded with new steps to include, mystery ingredients, and an endless supply of brands that want to sell us their genius formulations. This is where single dose skincare comes in — simplifying skincare just a little, and making it straightforward to introduce certain ingredients into our regime. Single dose skincare is also great for travel, and makes the whole process of "doing our face" just a little bit more interesting. But what is single dose skincare?

Well, quite simply, it is what its name suggests: doses of skincare (usually serums) that come in 'single use' packaging (most of which are tiny and recyclable, meaning minimal waste). They usually come in capsule or ampoule form, and contain the right amount of product for one use.

Single dose skincare hails from Korea, the home of K-beauty. The advantages of using skincare in single dose form range from ease of application, to being travel friendly.

Vogue also points out that this is a far more hygienic and potent way to use skincare actives; formulations that come in single capsules are not exposed to bacteria, sunlight and air until their actual use. As Refinery 29 reports, ingredients like vitamin C can lose potency once they come into contact with air, meaning a direct capsule-to-skin approach provides the complexion with a clean, powerful hit of product. Likewise, using a single packet of a product means less bacteria is able to reach the product compared to those in a pump or pot which are exposed to fingers and air.

So now you know exactly what single dose skincare is, I've picked out some of the best capsules and ampoules containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C for all budgets and skin types. Keep reading to pick your perfect single dose skincare product.

L'Oreal Revitalift Filler Ampoules x7



Packed full of super hydrating hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5, these ampoules should be perfect for skin that's feeling dry and needing an extra concentrated boost.

MÁDARA Boost Amino-Fill 3D Lifting Booster Ampoules (3ml x 10)


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Using plant origin lifting biopolymers and amino acids, these boosters claim to boost collagen product to brighten skin and help with the appearance of fine lines.

Beauty Pie Superactive Capsules Pure Double Vitamin C & E


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Vitamin C is a hero ingredient for all skin types, and these little capsules make it easy to get your hit. Expect to look and feel brighter and more awake.

Travel Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules 14 caps



If you live in a city, or just suffer from tired and fatigued skin, these will be perfect for you. Their overarching aim is to protect the skin from pollutants, making them great little additions to a city skincare routine.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum



These are a little on the pricey side, but are a great way to incorporate retinol into your routine easily. Plus, the pack is big, so they'll last you for a good while.